John Eden, Baron Eden of Winton

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Eden of Winton
Member of Parliament
for Bournemouth West
In office
18 February 1954 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
Succeeded by John Butterfill
Personal details
Born (1925-09-15) 15 September 1925 (age 92)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
  • Belinda Jane Pascoe (m. 1954; div. 1974)
  • Margaret Ann Gordon
Children 4

John Benedict Eden, Baron Eden of Winton, PC (born 15 September 1925) is a retired British Conservative politician.[1][2]


Eden was educated at Eton College and St Paul's School, New Hampshire, USA. He served as a Lieutenant with the Rifle Brigade, 2nd Gurkha Rifles and the Gilgit Scouts during the Second World War. He is a nephew of Sir Anthony Eden (1897–1977), who served as prime minister from 1955 to 1957, and he succeeded his father Sir Timothy Calvert Eden to his baronetcies in 1963. He is the 9th Baronet of West Auckland and the 7th Baronet of Maryland.


After an unsuccessful attempt to contest the 1953 Paddington North by-election, he was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West from 1954 until 1983. When first elected, he was the youngest member of the House of Commons. He was appointed to the Privy Council on 10 April 1972 and was created a life peer as Baron Eden of Winton, of Rushyford in the County of Durham on 3 October 1983,[3] following his retirement from the House of Commons. He retired from the House of Lords on 11 June 2015 under the provisions of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.[4] Following the death of Lord Healey on 3 October 2015, Eden became the surviving former MP with the earliest date of first election.


  • Member of the House of Commons Estimates committee (1960–1964)
  • Delegate to Council of Europe and West European Union (1960–1962)
  • Delegate to NATO Technology (June–October 1970)
  • Minister of State for Industry (1970–1972)
  • Minister of State for Posts and Telecommunications (1972–1974)
  • Member of the House of Commons Expenditure committee (1974–1976)
  • Chairman of the Select Committee on EEC Legislation (1976–1979)
  • Chairman of the Select Committee on Home Affairs (1980–1983)
  • Chairman of the British Lebanese Association (1990–1998)
  • Chairman of the Royal Armouries Association (1986–1994)
  • Member of Timken Company International Advisory Board
  • Chairman of Lady Eden's Schools Ltd

Family life[edit]

He has been twice married:

Titles and styles[edit]

  • John Eden (1925–1954)
  • John Eden MP (1954–1963)
  • Sir John Eden Bt MP (1963–1972)
  • The Rt. Hon. Sir John Eden Bt MP (1972–1983)
  • The Rt. Hon. Sir John Eden Bt (1983)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Eden of Winton Bt PC (1983–)



  1. ^ "John Benedict Eden". the peerage. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sir John Benedict EDEN (Baron Eden of Winton)". Council of Europe. Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "No. 49500". The London Gazette. 6 October 1983. p. 13057. 
  4. ^ "House of Lords Minute of Proceedings for 11 June 2015". 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Viscount Cranborne
Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West
Succeeded by
John Butterfill
Preceded by
Tony Benn
Baby of the House
Succeeded by
John Woollam